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NCAAF roundup: OU's Stoops set to make $5 million

Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops is on the verge of joining the $5 million a year club.

Oklahoma's Board of Regents is expected to approve the pay increase when it meets Wednesday.

The deal, according to multiple reports, would make Stoops the second-highest paid college coach only trailing Alabama's Nick Saban.

After the Sooners defeated the Crimson Tide in last year's Sugar Bowl, a handful of NFL teams courted Stoops. The university believed the time was right to offer the pay increase to keep Stoops from bolting.

Stoops' current contract pays the 53-year-old $4.74 million per year and runs through 2020. Since taking over the OU program in 1999, Stoops has compiled a 160-39 overall record and a 99-24 record in Big 12 play. He has guided the Sooners to one national championship and eight conference titles.

---Utah junior quarterback Travis Wilson received medical clearance on Tuesday to return after it was feared his career might have ended with a head injury last fall.

When Wilson suffered a concussion in November, tests showed that he had a pre-existing head injury that involved intracranial arteries. Recent CT scans indicated the areas of concern in the brain stabilized.

"I'm happy I've been cleared to play again," Wilson said. "My condition is stable and the neurosurgeon predicted it will remain stable in the future. ... I feel totally comfortable about returning to football and full contact. I believe I've been playing with this condition for a while and never even knew about it. I'm going to keep playing just the way I've always played."

Wilson started as a freshman in 2012 and nine games in 2013 as a sophomore. He was interception-prone last year, throwing 16 along with 16 touchdown passes during the Utes' 5-7 season.

---Clint Trickett will be West Virginia's starting quarterback for its opener against Alabama in August after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Trickett, who sat out during the spring but was still No. 1 on the depth chart at the end of drills, will lead the West Virginia offense into the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Aug. 30.

The Florida State transfer split time at quarterback last year with Paul Millard and Ford Childress.

"Clint is 100 percent healthy and is ready to play," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior. He will be our starter."

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